If you have a friend who is part of the LGBTQ community and super proud of it, it would be awesome to give them a gift that helps them show it off. Whether they’re open only in small, inclusive safe spaces or for the entire world to see, there are plenty of ways, big and small, to show self-love and support for a community that is still dealing with some serious BS. It’s nice that same-sex marriage is getting legalized in several states, but there’s still a huge LGBTQ homeless population, violence against transgender women–especially women of color–and people refuse to respect the fact that some people just don’t fit in the gender binary. So yeah, there are plenty of things for LGBTQ identifying folks want to promote, so why not do it in a smart and stylish way?
From fun patches to important books and brazen shirts, check out these eight awesome LGBTQ themed gifts!
Gay O.K. Screen Printed Power Washed TeeThis minimalist Gay O.K. shirt is super versatile. It looks particularly awesome tucked into a high waist pair of pants. The size range is also pretty great, too. Buy it at American Apparel for $20
Are You A Boy or A Girl Genderqueer ButtonThis is perfect for that friend of yours who doesn't identify with a gender. They probably get sick of people misgendering them so this pin is perfectly snarky. Buy it at Etsy for $1.25
Glamour Femme PowerThese pins are awesomely girly, perfect for that friend who proudly identifies as femme. Makes you want to get a new red lipstick, doesn't it? Buy it at Etsy for $2
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much MoreOkay, this is a book that everyone should read, honestly. It tackles gender identity, race, sexuality and more. It's an awesome auto-biography by an awesome transgender woman named Janet Mock. Whether you're straight and cis or you're queer or trans, this book is a must read. Buy it at Amazon for $10.78
Prefered Gender Prounoun ButtonAnother cute gift for that friend who is constantly misgendered. It would look cute on a backpack, shirt, sweater, anything! Buy it at Etsy for $1.25
Pink Triangle Queer Pride Collar Clip Set w/ ChainThis is the perfect accessory for your friend who is stylish and proud of their queer status. This looks awesome on a sweater for a subversive take on a traditional preppy look. Buy it at Etsy for $17
All Gender Is Drag PatchGender is a social construct! The world can get a nice little reminder of that with this rad DIY patch. It will look awesome on the back of your friend's denim jacket! Buy it at Etsy for $2
Got A Girl Crush PatchOkay, so if a friend of yours is a girl who likes girls, they'll love this. Also, this patch supports a great independent women's magazine called Got A Girl Crush which highlights kickass women doing kickass things. Cool, right? Queer pride with a heaping helping of girl power! Buy it at Got A Girl Crush Shop for $5
What other books or movies would you suggest for LGBTQ and questioning young people? What other LGBTQ issues do you think need more attention? Tell us in the comments!